Teacher Highlights the Reality of Gender-Neutral Bathrooms In Schools

A viral video features Ms. B, a Minnesota teacher, highlighting a groundbreaking gender-neutral bathroom in a public school.

This innovative restroom, constructed five years ago, prioritizes safety and inclusivity by incorporating transparent glass walls facing the hallway and individual lockable stalls, setting a new standard for educational facilities.

Here’s the whole story.

Legislation for Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

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In the spring, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation to allocate funding to public schools for creating gender-neutral restroom facilities.

The bill, sponsored by nonbinary Rep. Alicia Kozlowski, has not yet been transmitted to the state’s Senate. It proposes appropriating money for “gender-neutral, single-user restroom and locker room facilities” in public schools.

Features of the Gender-Neutral Bathroom

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The gender-neutral bathroom shown in Ms. B’s video includes transparent glass that looks into the hallway and separate, lockable stalls with room for students to hang their backpacks.

The bathroom is also monitored by cameras that capture activity in the common area, not in the stalls, ensuring the privacy and safety of students.

Benefits of Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

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IN A FOLLOW-UP TIKTOK VIDEO, Ms. B highlights the numerous advantages of gender-neutral bathrooms. The monitoring cameras in the bathroom’s common areas eliminate opportunities for bullying, violence, sexual assault, and drug use.

“Overall, there are way more benefits than drawbacks to this type of bathroom scenario,” Ms. B states.

Public Response

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The video posted by Ms. B garnered with almost 1 million views on TikTok, reflecting significant public interest and support for gender-neutral bathrooms in schools.

One comment reads,

“Oh the horror… . My school didn’t even allow doors on the men’s room stalls. ”

Another one added,

“These should be every public bathroom! Why don’t the walls always go all the way down?? ”

A third added,

“Going from all gendered bathrooms in high school, to many gender-neutral ones in college, I prefer gender neutral. More privacy.”

California’s Stride Towards Inclusivity

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California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a groundbreaking law, Senate Bill 760, mandating all K-12 schools in the state to establish at least one gender-neutral bathroom by July 2026. This move is part of a series of laws to enhance protections for the LGBTQ+ community in California.

The law stipulates that these bathrooms must be accessible during school hours and functions, ensuring availability to all students. The provision allows temporary closure only under specific conditions, such as immediate safety threats or necessary repairs.

The law further mandates clear signage indicating the bathroom’s open access to all genders and assigns a staff member to ensure compliance with these regulations.

A Model for National Adoption

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State Senator Josh Newman, the law’s sponsor, expressed hope that this legislation will serve as a model for other states, promoting access to restrooms without fear of outing, bullying, or stigmatization.

The law is a significant step amidst the ongoing national debate regarding bathroom access, particularly concerning transgender individuals.

Despite facing challenges and opposition in various states, California stands firm in its commitment to safeguarding LGBTQ+ rights, sending a clear message of intolerance towards hate-filled attacks and affirming its dedication to ensuring the safety and protection of all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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  1. cnn.com/2023/09/25/us/california-gender-neutral-bathrooms-law/index.html
  2. genderinclusiveschools.org/restrooms-transgender-student-policy
  3. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9407760/

This article was produced and syndicated by Viral Chatter. It was inspired by this video:

@tlcwithmsb I love this #gendernuetral #publicschool #teacherlife #inclusion #safety ♬ original sound – Ms. B Education + Travel

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